National Winnie the Pooh Day

It was January 18th that A. A. Milne was born in 1882, Allan Alexander, and he had an idea. The world needed a bear that they could share in their lives and experience life through. I’m not exactly sure why, but he set about creating the bear we would all come to know and love.

Since a bear cannot be left alone in the woods with no one to talk to Milne also created Christopher Robin (Cause they had to have a human being in it for people to relate to) Tigger, that happy bouncy tiger, Eeyore, who is the favorite of many, Piglet and Roo. 

Since his creation, Winnie the Pooh has gone on to be a world wide success. I am not sure he lived long enough to honestly reap his rewards but the rest of us are that much better off for his vivid imagination. Can you imagine a world without Winnie the Pooh? I can’t.

How to celebrate – Read Winnie the Pooh with someone you love. Dress up like one of the characters from Pooh. Study Milne and all his works.


April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

When you give a child a book to read you open the door to worlds they might otherwise never know.  As adults, we are busy living life, providing for or families, and tired from our every day efforts. Children, on the other hand, still have opens minds, look for adventure and are sponges soaking up information. Books can lead them to a life of wonder and awe.

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The day was created by the International Board on Books for Youth, dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday in 1805. You may have heard of a few of his books like, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.  If you haven’t, I am sure your children have.

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There are books on every subject that you can imagine. They teach every subject imaginable and bring hours and hours of enjoyment. Who knows, maybe one will convince your child to become a writer themselves! You see children are the future, but they learn from what you put in their heads today.

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Give them the skills to communicate and teach and maybe we will all have a better future in store.

How to celebrate – Give your child a book. Read to your children. Get your child to write their own book.

April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

Give a child a book and let their imaginations soar. It really is something we teach our children, the ability to learn through reading. Some kids naturally love to read, others struggle with it, but its value is unmistakable. Just like you can’t love someone if you never met them or love to play a game if you’ve never played it, you can’t love to read unless you experience it and understand just where it can take you.

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Books like the Harry Potter series allow children to imagine themselves as Harry Potter, or any of the host of other characters in the books. It teaches them not only the love of reading but also social lessons by examining how characters deal with each other, and the situations they find themselves in. It gives them the inspiration to try other books to see what might be contained in those pages.

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April 2nd is chosen as International Children’s Book Day because it is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday (born in 1805), the author of many children’s fairy tales that have even led to movies like Frozen, The Little Mermaid, and Thumbelina just to mention a few.

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One of the best ways to get your child interested in reading is to read to them before they can read themselves. Not only are you able to spend some quality time with your child but you will be showing them that books can be friends as well. Children look to their parents, older siblings, and even friends and want to mimic them as they grow. What better way to allow some one to grow then to show them the world of books.

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And now for a shameless plug! I’ve got a book out I think kids would love! It’s a Christmas story, but a whole lot more. It’s only available as an ebook but you can find it on Amazon or any other ebook source you might happen to use. I know, I know… I shouldn’t use this as a format to sell a book but maybe this story will get your child to read more and isn’t that what today is all about?

How to celebrate – Find a copy of your favorite book as a child and read it to your children. Find rewards you can offer your child for reading a book. Spend time reading as a family, allowing different members of the family play out the roles in the book.